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Vine creators look to revive looping videos with Byte

Vine creators look to revive looping videos with Byte

Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann announced on Twitter yesterday that he plans to launch a new video looping app called Byte next spring. The platform's website says it is "a new looping video app by the creator of vine" and has a space designated to attract creators to the new service, even asking them if they were initially users of vine and what apps they use now.

Nearly 200 million monthly users flocked to Vine after it was founded... Read More »

Topics: Video Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Google's Android security report says its Play Store is safe -- but what about China?

Google's Android security report says its Play Store is safe -- but what about China?

If you read a lot of mobile news, you probably don't go a single week without seeing a major story about an Android or iOS app trying to rip people off, steal their private data, or impersonate a legitimate product. But while these stories are usually accurate, they might not be as common as you've been led to believe.

According to Google's new quarterly Android Ecosystem Security Transparency Report, less than 1 percent of Android devices using the Google Play... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Pixomatic's $5 app for mixing multiple images now available for free on iOS

Pixomatic's $5 app for mixing multiple images now available for free on iOS

The Pixomatic app (iOS, Android) usually costs $5, but it's is free to download today. While it's unclear how long the app won't have a price tag, it's a great time to check it out.

Pixomatic is a "desktop level quality" photo editing app. It's like having a more manageable Adobe Photoshop (iOS, Android) in your pocket.

The app makes it easier to accurately cut around an image and layer it onto another. Pixomatic even promises easier edits on... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Photo Editors

Lisa Ling shares her favorite apps

Lisa Ling shares her favorite apps

Asking questions and having an open mind have served journalist Lisa Ling well in her career, from working as a field reporter in war-torn Afghanistan to working on "The View" to executive producing and hosting OWN's "Our America" and CNN's "This is Life" to emceeing QuickBooks Connect (Android, iOS) in San Jose earlier this week. But she's worried that others are losing these abilities.

SEE: The best mobile apps for news, politics, and investigative journalism

"I think that... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Google's 5 winning apps from girl game developers are now free downloads

Google's 5 winning apps from girl game developers are now free downloads

The five teen girls who won Google's "Change the Game Design Challenge" contest are breaking barriers for women in game development. The winning apps are available in the Google Play Store for download.

Of the hundreds of millions of people around the world who enjoy games on Google Play, 49% are women, yet only 23% of game developers identify as women," Google said when it announced the contest earlier this year.

The contest was meant to empower and celebrate... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android , Apps And Software , Games

B.A.N.A.N.A app created by high school juniors could help find missing people

B.A.N.A.N.A app created by high school juniors could help find missing people

As technology takes on a greater presence in our lives, we adapt and find more ways to use it. Gone are the days of missing children on milk cartons and tacked up inside post offices. Instead, we use Amber Alerts, boost social media posts, and start online campaigns.

In Oregon, Rogelio Lemus and Ethan Orozco, two Hermiston High School juniors, developed an app to distribute missing-person information faster. It's called B.A.N.A.N.A, which stands for Basic App to Notify Authorities of... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

'ClassDojo' app lets parents keep an eye on their preschool kids

'ClassDojo' app lets parents keep an eye on their preschool kids

Usually, when you ask a child what they did in school today, they'll reply with a vague "nothing," or "I don't remember." As a busy parent or guardian, you may find your child's brief answers don't really fill you in on what's going on at your child's school.

The ClassDojo app (iOS, Android) can strengthen communication between parents, children, and teachers. The app has portals for parents, school leaders, teachers, and students. The app is used at 90 percent of K to 8 schools... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Educational Software

Xbox One console's YouTube app gets refreshed with new video controls

Xbox One console's YouTube app gets refreshed with new video controls

If you haven't used a game console in the last few years, you might not be aware of all the things they're capable of beyond the core gaming experience. In addition to that, most of them can now act as entertainment devices. You can stream Netflix, Hulu, or Spotify; play 4K Blu-rays with Dolby Vision HDR; rent flicks from Vudu, Sony, Microsoft, Google, and others; and cast media from your phone to your TV.

Today, ONMSFT reports that the YouTube... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

New Windows 10 error may deactivate your license or downgrade your version

New Windows 10 error may deactivate your license or downgrade your version

Over the last few years, we've been seeing increasingly blurred lines between offline and online experiences with our computer, laptops, and phones. And while being connected all the time can have its advantages, there are apparently some unexpected downsides when it comes to Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system.

While Windows 10 itself runs on your local PC, it has many hooks connecting it to the internet, even when you're not browsing, streaming, or checking your messages. (In fact, because its "telemetry"... Read More »

'Android Slices' begins using Google Search app to show relevant abilities of installed apps

'Android Slices' begins using Google Search app to show relevant abilities of installed apps

Since the explosion of apps for Android and iOS began about a decade ago, both platforms have experienced growing pains, particularly when attempting to show users a diverse selection of text messengers, browsers, video services, games, and other things to download and check out. And once an app is installed on your device, it can get lost in the shuffle before its capabilities are fully explored.

This spring, Google announced a possible solution to the second problem with a system called... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software